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  1. 1924-25, Wembley, England - British Empire Exhibition

    The British Empire Exhibition was a colonial exhibition held at Wembley, England in 1924 and 1925. It was the largest exhibition ever staged anywhere in the world and attracted 27 million visitors.

  2. 1925, Paris, France - International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts

    The International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts was held in Paris, France from April to October 1925. The term Art Deco was derived by shortening the words Arts Décoratifs in the title of this exposition.

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  3. 1926, Philadelphia, United States - Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition

    The Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition of 1926 was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence, and the 50th anniversary of the 1876 Centennial Exposition.

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  4. 1929 Barcelona, Spain - International Exposition

    A major international exposition was held in Barcelona, Spain in 1929. Many structures remain, and some were used in the Olympic Games in 1992.

  5. 1929, Seville, Spain - Ibero-American Exposition

    The Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 was held in Seville, Spain, from the May 9, 1929 to June 21, 1930.

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  6. 1931, Paris, France - International Colonial Exposition

    The International Colonial Exposition was a six-month Colonial Exhibition held in Paris, France, in 1931, that attempted to display the diverse cultures and immense resources of France's colonial possessions.

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  7. 1933-34, Chicago, United States - A Century of Progress International Exposition   (9,620 visits to this link)

    A Century of Progress International Exposition was held in Chicago, Illinois from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city's centennial. The theme of the fair was technological innovation. Its motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Conforms".

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  9. 1935-36, San Diego, United States - California-Pacific International Exposition

    The California Pacific International Exposition was held in San Diego, California and spanned two seasons; May 29, 1935 to November 11, 1935 and February 12, 1936 to September 9, 1936. The exposition was held at the site of the earlier 1915 Panama-California Exposition in San Diego's large, urban Balboa Park. The Exposition was held to promote San Diego and is considered a popular and financial success.

  10. 1936-37, Dallas, United States - Texas Centennial Exposition & Pan American Exposition

    The Texas Centennial Exposition was held in Dallas, Texas from June 6, 1936 to November 29, 1936. The exposition celebrated the 100th anniversary of Texas' independence from Mexico. More than 50 buildings were constructed for the Exposition. It reopened in 1937 as the Pan American Exposition.

  11. 1936-37, Cleveland, United States - Great Lakes Exposition

    The Great Lakes Exposition was held in Cleveland, Ohio and spanned two seasons from June 27 to October 4, 1936 and May 29 to September 6, 1937. The exposition commemorated the centennial of Cleveland's incorporation as a city and was conceived as a way to energize a city hit hard by the Great Depression.

  12. 1937, Paris, France - International Exposition dedicated to Art and Technology in Modern Life

    The Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne was held in 1937 in Paris, France. Pablo Picasso's famous painting "Guernica" was exhibited and two notable pavilions were those of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Organizers of the exposition placed the German and the Soviet pavilions directly across each other.

  13. 1938 Glasgow Scotland - British Empire Exhibition

    The 1938 Empire Exhibition was held in Glasgow, Scotland. It was the last British Empire Exhibition.

  14. 1939-40, New York, United States - The 1939-40 New York World's Fair   (21,611 visits to this link)

    The 1939-40 New York World's Fair, located on the current site of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, was one of the largest world's fairs of all time. The fair ran for two seasons and over 44 million people attended.

  15. 1939-40, San Francisco, United States - Golden Gate International Exposition   (15,402 visits to this link)

    The Golden Gate International Exposition was held in San Francisco, California to celebrate the opening of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. The exposition's first season ran from February 18, 1939 through October 29, 1939 and its second season was from May 25, 1940 through September 29, 1940.